Our commitment to animal welfare

When animals are treated responsibly, it’s a win-win situation — they’re healthy, we’re happy and you’re well-fed. We believe what’s good for the animals is good for the end product. That’s why the independent ranchers we partner with devote so much effort to raising the animals in a way that aligns with our values. We promise that every animal is treated with care, respect and dignity — every step of the way. When you buy Open Prairie Natural Meats, you can be sure that:

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Animal welfare is our first priority

We ensure all animals are taken care of with veterinarian oversight and consultations.

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We’re trained in compassionate practices

Independent ranchers and farmers have been Beef Quality Assurance or Pork Quality Assurance® Plus trained, which means they’re taught how to measure, track and continuously improve animal welfare.
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We provide animal transportation training

Animal transporters are trained to reduce stress and injury by Beef Quality Assurance Transportation and Transport Quality Assurance.

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Harvesting humanely is important to us

All harvest facilities have a robust humane handling program in place to make sure procedures are followed and continually identify areas for improvement.

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We hold ourselves accountable — along with third-party auditors

We use extensive identification and traceability programs, on-farm verification, an External Animal Welfare Advisory Panel and third-party auditors to ensure we’re delivering on all our promises and claims.

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You’re always welcome in the barn

Join us on this virtual reality tour to get an inside peek of a hog nursery barn! Here, you’ll learn about the Open Prairie® Natural Meats brand’s strict Never Ever program, get expert information from a veterinarian and see a 360° view of where and how hogs are raised.

Looking for more details?

You’ve come to the right place. Click the link below for our full animal welfare statement.

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